Body Composition: Managing Our Expectations

The Great Courses
Show More

Related videos

Changing Body Composition through Diet and Exercise
If we don't like what we see in the mirror, we tend to think, "Wow, I really need to lose some weight!" But the truth is you might not need to lose weight. What you really need to do is lose fat and gain muscle. That change will make you…
Evaluating Dietary Supplements
Marketing messages from the multi-billion-dollar sports nutrition industry come at us loud and clear. But have rigorous scientific studies revealed any supplements that can safely and effectively burn fat or increase muscle mass? You might be surprised, as you consider whether or not to add these products to your diet…
High-Protein Diets and Anabolic Resistance
Are high-protein diets a harmful fad potentially leading to kidney injury? Or should we believe the marketing messages touting protein powders as beneficial for muscles and strength? Dr. Ormsbee reveals the latest scientific truth about protein: how much protein you need to maintain health, improve metabolism, and meet your body…
How Food Is Digested and Absorbed
Learn about the chemical reactions involved in digestion and absorption and the mechanisms of nutrient partitioning--how nutrients are moved into specific storage areas in your body. Armed with this knowledge, you'll understand why exercise is the best way to use your food to improve body composition!
Fat: Not the Nutritional Bad Guy
It's a common--but erroneous--belief that the amount of fat you eat is directly proportional to the amount of fat on your body. To the contrary, the latest research shows why you need to add specific fats to your diet for optimal health and to meet your body composition goals.
Choosing Your Nutrition Plan
With so many choices, committing to a particular diet plan can seem overwhelming. So start by emphasizing nutritionally dense, minimally processed foods. And remember that even one positive habit you adopt and stick with can make a positive long-term impact on your body composition and health.
Motivation to Change Your Body Composition
Time to get started! Identify a few small changes to make to your nutrition and exercise programs, ones that seem the easiest to fit into your lifestyle. Set small, reachable goals that you're confident you can stick with--and you will be successful.
Self-Care Fundamentals
Explore the fundamentals of self-care, which involves choosing behaviors that help balance the stress of modern life. As you look at sleep, nutrition, mental exercise, and stress management, you'll learn ways to promote self-care in your life through incorporating pre-sleep rituals, strengthening your long-term memory with puzzles, and more.
Qigong—Practicing Fluid Movement
Explore the world of qigong, an Eastern practice that focuses on slow, deliberate movement integrated with key breathing exercises to increase your mindfulness. With this session, you'll learn how to tap into the healthy flow of your internal energy--and encourage the balance of opposing forces within your body.
Nutrition and Exercise: Special Needs
Explore how vegetarians can get the protein they need without turning to animal sources, how children can be provided the optimal exercise opportunities and nutrition to address their unique needs for growth, and how appropriate nutrition and exercise can help maintain and improve the quality of life for older adults.
Relaxation Strategies
Who doesn't want to relax more? Find out how, in the first of several exercise sessions you can follow along with. Here, you'll practice simple breathing exercises, a full-body progressive relaxation exercise, alternate nostril breathing, and a Japanese energy-based exercise for helping you work through pain and discomfort.
Western Yoga
Part of the Series: Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body
Explore the roots of hatha yoga, the form of yoga widely practiced in the West. Focus on the three principles of hatha yoga - breath exercises, physical postures (called asanas), and meditation - which promote a healthy mind and body. Get started with some simple yoga exercises.